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I have heard people saying both "I work for him" and "I work with him" when they are talking about their supervisors. But, since these people were not native English speakers, I could not figure out which one was the correct one.

I'd really appreciate it if someone could explain this to me.

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Either could be correct, but they definitely have different meanings. I work for a supervisor, but I work with a colleague. If you and your boss actually collaborate, or if there's a feeling of being on a team together, then you work with him; but if she just tells you what to do, and you do it -- if it's entirely one-directional -- then you work for her.

You would also specifically use for to make the supervisory relationship clear, even in a cooperative situation.

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